Intriguing Individuals: History-making hiker Sammy Potter

One of the youngest to complete an 8,000-mile hike comprised of the three longest trails in America in a year joins the Intriguing Individuals Podcast.

by | June 5, 2022

Editor’s Note: The Maine Monitor has partnered with digital storyteller Garrick Hoffman to syndicate his Intriguing Individuals Podcast.

The Intriguing Individuals Podcast seeks to illuminate fascinating stories of intriguing people that may otherwise go unheard and unnoticed, whether it’s a military veteran-turned-bodybuilding competitor; a “Triple Crown” hiker of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails; or a breast cancer survivor who aspires to become a mom and business owner.

These stories are not only intriguing, but they inspire. By extracting out the stories of the many diverse guests on the podcast, we as listeners can learn more about the myriad walks of life that surround us — and maybe find hope.

Sammy Potter

On this episode, Garrick introduces Sammy Potter, who made history with a friend and college classmate at the age of 21.

Potter is one of two of the youngest hikers of the Calendar-Year Triple Crown (CYTC), an 8,000-mile hike comprised of the three longest trails in America: the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail, all within one calendar year.

Potter , along with his friend and fellow Stanford University student Jackson Parell of Florida, began the hike in January 2021 in Georgia on the Appalachian Trail, and completed the last stretch of their journey in October 2021 in California on the Pacific Crest Trail.

At ages 21 and 22, this makes them the two youngest hikers of the CYTC.

In addition to listening to the episode below, the episode can viewed on YouTube and be heard on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and iHeart Radio.


Garrick Hoffman

Garrick Hoffman

A Maine native, Garrick Hoffman has been doing photography professionally since 2017, beginning his career in photojournalism for a variety of southern Maine weeklies. He has since branched out in landscapes, portraits, professional headshots, products, events, and behind-the-scenes photography. In 2021 he won his first award for photography: Third Place in the 2021 Appalachian Mountain Club Photo Contest for his photo, “Ice Fisherman by Shawnee Peak.” A year later, he won First Place in the Outdoors Close to Home category of the same photo contest for his photo, "Coastal Mood." In addition to photography, Garrick is also a writer, graphic artist, and podcast host who enjoys playing drums for his church, long bike rides and hikes, and experiencing the wealth of natural beauty of Maine and beyond.